The Modern Honolulu


You can’t win if you don’t play… and sometimes you just get lucky enough to win a night in the Penthouse Suite at THE MODERN HONOLULU.

You won’t even believe how it happened.

A few weeks ago I entered the hotel’s #bestIGpool contest on Instagram, and I was totally blown away when I found out that the picture I posted was picked as the top prize –  a one night stay in an Ocean Front Suite.  It gets even better, because when I showed up to check-in I was upgraded to the Penthouse!

To top it off, I was also gifted a box full of LATHER Spa products, a bottle of Prosecco along with chocolate and rasberry filled flutes and a welcome card waiting for me in the room.

Talk about amazing!

Sunset Pool
The picture that won the #bestIGpool contest.

I was so excited because we had planned to celebrate my friend Cina’s bachelorette that night and it was my last weekend living in Hawaii.  What a way to celebrate!

This hotel is one of my favorites, and the Penthouse does not disappoint.

The wraparound terrace is a perfect place to catch the Friday night fireworks in Waikiki, and you can watch the sunset from the bathtub in the master bathroom.

The whole experience was perfection.

Bathroom with a view.

The staff here is amazing! Valentin and Robbie checked me in and handed me an oshibori towel and a welcome drink.  Ken, the bartender at the pool made us the most delicious drinks and so did Maxwell, the bartender at The Study.  We also partied at Addiction nightclub until the wee hours of the morning.  So. Much. Fun!

The bachelorette party showed up at 8pm and the front desk staff was so great they sent a second bottle of Prosecco to celebrate the big night.  The next day everyone went to the Sunset pool – one of my favorite hangout spots in Honolulu.

It feels like a dream that I didn’t want to end.  I can’t wait to come back!

Take the 360 degree tour of the Penthouse here.

Have you been to THE MODERN HONOLULU?  What was your experience like? Have you ever won something on Instagram? I can’t wait to hear about it!

THE MODERN HONOLULU, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815


The Modern Honolulu
Thank you MODERN staff for the best experience.
Golden Hour
Party girls
Lather Spa
Gifts from LATHER Spa that my friends and I all enjoyed.
I’m ready to go back!

I’m Selling All My Stuff To Travel



I’m soaking up beach days on the North Shore as much as possible.

Time is going by pretty fast, but I’m having a lot of fun talking story with friends.

Wow!  Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement on my travel plans.  I’ve read every single message from my last post on the blog and on social media.  It feels so awesome, because I’ve had friends reach out from all over including: Austria, and South Africa.  I’ve been invited to Morocco and I’m starting to expand my travel wish list.



My goal was to sell as much as I could, give stuff to friends and donate the rest.  I’m not taking much… just a few suitcases filled with clothes, pictures, and so many good memories from Hawaii.

I’m scheduled to move out of my condo at the end of the month and started the decluttering process a few months ago.

If you live in Hawaii and are part of a buy/sell group on Facebook, I want to apologize for blowing up your feed.   I’ve had a really easy experience selling stuff there, and some people have even given me more money than what I asked for.  Mahalo Hawaii!

The major annoying thing is waiting for people who never show up… but overall, it’s been great.



I went camping on Friday night way up in the mountains at my friend’s ranch.  It was so peaceful to sleep under the stars and even though it rained a bit, it was still such a great experience to disconnect.

I saw horses, goats, and pigs and it’s always so relaxing to be off the grid.

On the way to the Ranch

I’m giving myself a week in Hawaii after I move out of my condo.  I want to go to Molokai and will be spending time with friends crossing things off my Oahu bucket list before I leave the island.

What’s on your Hawaii bucket list?  Any cool hikes I should know about?  When was the last time you decluttered?  Do you do it often, or are you the type to hold on to everything?  Do you think you could pack everything into 2-3 suitcases? What would you bring with you?

If you have any travel tips, be sure to use the CONTACT page to send a message, and I will also continue to post on my Facebook and Instagram as well.

With Aloha,




Why I’m Taking A Travel Break 


I’ve been given the gift of time.

Let me explain and bring you up to speed…

I’ve been working as a reporter at KHON2 News in Hawaii for 2 years, and living on the island of Oahu for nearly 3 years.  It’s been a magical ride… from hiking mountains with the most breathtaking views, to swimming in crystal clear waters with turtles and sharks in Hawaii.  I’ve met the most amazing people, made life lasting friendships and I’ve learned more than anything what matters most in life.

The Hawaiian Islands take my breath away, but I’ve decided to take a travel break.

Photo by: Daylin Pelletier

Here’s why…

Well it all boiled down to time.  Time I want to spend with my family, my newborn nephew and friends back home in California.  It was a hard decision to make, but I decided not to renew my work contract and I’ll be moving back to Cali in mid-August.

I know you are probably thinking… what is she doing!

Well here is the thing, once a traveler always a traveler and I want to take some time to explore new countries and I’ve always been one to take risks and start something new.

My plan is simple.

Reconnect with people I love and spend as much time with them as I can.  I also want to visit Europe, travel to Alaska and explore my home state of California.

In case you haven’t figured it out by now… I absolutely love living in Hawaii and I’d like to think of this as “I’ll be right back”— instead of a goodbye.

In studio with Howard and Marissa
Reporting live in Haleiwa
SPJ awards for Reporting in Hawaii

Here is what happened that helped shape this journey…

Earlier this year, I won a National Parks pass to visit any National Park in the country for a year and a few months later I won a suitcase and travel accessories on Instagram.

I mean… who wins a suitcase and a parks pass?  Wouldn’t you take advantage of an opportunity like that?

I’m not really sure how long I’ll be in the Golden State, but I plan on spending time in San Diego and Los Angeles for sure.  If you want to connect, I’d love to catch up and spend time with you.  Let’s explore something new together or send me suggestions of some must do hikes or places to visit.

Hiking with the bestest friends
Swimming in Maui, Photo by: Kristen Koss

To all my travel buddies all over the world, let’s link up.  I’ll be traveling solo and ready for new adventures.

I’ll be changing my number soon, and posting travel updates here on my blog but you can always reach me via email, on the blog or via social media at @alexcerball.

What would you do if you had more time? Where would you go? Who would you spend it with?  What adventures would you get into?

I’d love to hear your feedback.  Thank you for your continued support.

Always With Aloha,


Interested in learning more about solo travel?  

Read my article for Her Magazine: Take the Trip Even if It Means Traveling Alone. 

Also check out: How to Ditch Your 9 to 5 Like This Woman Did.